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June 06, 2024 Strange Aeons Radio Season 6 Episode 274
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STORMIN' CORMAN!
Jun 06, 2024 Season 6 Episode 274
Strange Aeons Radio

STORMIN' CORMAN!
Memorial services and Rodger Corman films are on the docket for today's episode. Sorry, folks - no video this time.
Also discussed: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Tarot, I Saw the TV Glow.

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STORMIN' CORMAN!
Memorial services and Rodger Corman films are on the docket for today's episode. Sorry, folks - no video this time.
Also discussed: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Tarot, I Saw the TV Glow.

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Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration somewhere between science and superstition such sites to show you strange aeons. Welcome to strange aeons radio. That is Eric over there. Hello. That is Vanessa over there. Hello. I am Kelly. Eric. It seems like I have seen an awful lot of you lately. Yes. Yes. Yes. You have a wonderful a ceremony for a tragic event with my wife's mother passing after the glorious recovery of her dad. Yeah. Okay. That was great. Guess what? Yeah. But yeah, it was a celebration of life and Dena play planned it perfectly. She had, she's she. I don't know if I've ever heard anybody say this was like, Well, I plan this thing and usually hear. Yeah, but this was wrong. And that was wrong. And she's like, as far as her planning part of it. It was perfect. She said, it's exactly what I wanted it to be. And you're always paranoid. Maybe somebody won't show up. People won't show up or something. But it is a really nice outflow of people. And what's a good things? I mean, you were there. Yeah. Well, I loved your mother in law. So I don't think you have to worry about. So like when I go, that's a real worry. Is anybody going to show up? But your mother in law was very loved. And you could tell by the turnout and by the things that everybody said, it was? At one point, I'm sitting there listening to all this stuff, and I'm feeling the tears come and I look over and I was like, oh, thoughtful. Somebody put tissues on all the tables still. I guess that's what's happening. So it was really lovely, though. Yeah, it was great the year over the next few episodes, I have very little to talk about. And part of that was my contribution was an hour long video. Right? So I've been doing that. So which terrified me at the beginning, we had two hours of prep, spent 90 min of it Manitoba trying to get the proper video equipment to work and never did. Luckily, they had backup. Oh, so it was able to play. But man that was was it like a slideshow? Or was it like video clips or both? Oh, cool. music and everything it was it was really nice. It went really well. She's waiting on a few other people to leave their memories. She enjoyed your memory. I, I talked to Marth your father in law. And he was trying to push flowers on everybody I've got at one point I was like, well, I should get some flowers. And then I kind of put it through my head. And I said there's gonna be a ton of flowers there. And somebody's gonna have to take these all home. So I'm not getting flowers. I just got cards, but I ended up getting the flowers anyway. And then Maher says, and I weigh over ordered on the wine. I'm gonna have two cases of wine. And I said, I'll take one of those two. And he was like, I'm not giving those away. Get the flowers. There. But yeah, so it's quite good. Had a lot of family up for it. And yeah, she was really special to me. She filled a void, pretty powerfully left a few years ago and helped me with all the shit I had to deal with with my mom and watching over Dina and knowing she's gonna be fine, because her parents are awesome. Yeah. And so that was really nice. It was good to have that. Done. And of course, there's the post something like that. It's like, oh, well, what now? Yeah. But that is just the rest of your life. So yeah. Now you got to figure that one out. I asked Martha. No, no, I should say I'll preface this with Martha has done our taxes for years and because of everything going on, I had gotten extension on my taxes and just have been pushing it off with Krypton. And then we've had a health thing going on in my friends and family circle. But I sat with Martha and I said so what's next month more travel are working with the community. He goes doing your taxes. Really Oh good. Martha's an amazing man. He is the most. He's an engineer through and through very good. And you could tell that it could tell from his speech that she meant a lot to him, but The way he presented it was amusingly clinical. It was because he just rattled off the details of their relationship and everything, but I just about lost it because at the end, he said, and I loved her very much. And I was just like, Yeah, I'm gonna cry. So, but it was lovely to see him. And he has certainly bounced back from that accident. So well, that's amazing. And it was neat to see Jamie who Yeah, except for Krypton. I hadn't seen him probably 25 years. Yeah, though. Dana was like, my circle isn't particularly large. She's like, Kelly and Jamie. Better show up. In fact, I'm sure they both did. So yeah, went really well. Yeah. Okay, well, let's really start to bring some things down with some of the movies I saw this week. I saw taro Oh, bird awful things about that. I bet you that they are still overselling it. Oh, no, it is. It is really pretty great looking film. Okay, and the creatures are awesome in a Hellraiser kind of way. And there's all sorts of stuff going for this film. But it is so fucking stupid. The acting is fruity. So So and the right has something happens at the end that I was like, I don't, I don't understand. What this ending is, is this a funny ending? Is this shift. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. And I was like, No, I think they're gonna end it on this kind of sitcom ending. It's based on a book called horror scope. Do you remember that book? Several years ago? That book is pretty good. Yeah, not this movie. Taro is available to rent. Wait for TV. If you really must watch it. Let's say that your mileage may vary on this. But I haven't heard anyone say that they liked it. I haven't heard anyone say anything about it. So now I'm glad because this week I went and saw I saw the TV glow. But it's been a close request from my significant other as to whether or not we could go and see Taro and I keeping like, but this other movie. Yeah. So now I'm quite quite grateful. I saw the TV it was really, really interesting. It's like a sort of unsettling horror film. It's it feels like you're in this strange liminal space kind of world. But you're not you're just in like a high school and then you're in this guy's adult life. The setup is that there's a very lonely dude and school and he befriends this girl who introduces him to this TV show, and they will become, well, she's already completely obsessed with this show. And then at graduation, she just disappears off the face of the planet, and he cannot find her doesn't know what happened to her. And then there seems to be this in possibility that maybe the TV show is more than it seems. So it's really beautiful, weird. It's gonna speak a lot to people who grew up watching Nickelodeon. It has a lot of Are You Afraid of the Dark fives? It has some Buffy the Vampire Slayer feels to it. It has just a lot of these things that I think millennials especially will react to. It's interesting because it does definitely address how you feel in your own skin. And the director is as trans so it's it's definitely addressing that but not like straight up like on the in your face. It's it's more like, I don't feel right in this world. I don't feel right in my body. I don't feel right in this space. And you can see how that that would be like really interesting and powerful message to people on the LGBT spectrum, China kind of find themselves and that was I saw the TV glow. Yes. Yes. Which is in theaters still, I think. Yeah. So it's a short run after festivals. Yes. Well, I'm happy to announce the return of a strange aeons radio favorite. Evil TV show is starting up again. Yes, it has. And you know, I've only been able to watch the first episode but it is right picking up right where I left off. Yeah, it doesn't feel like oh shit. This is going to be the I think supposed to be the last season. It's like this. This last season. They're just gonna go crazy. And now they're still looks like it's going to be really, really good. Yeah, a lot of very funny moments. Yes. First one, a lot of really cool ideas because they have been tasked to, to investigate whether the Hadron Collider can open a pit to hell. And Oh god, it's really interesting episode, I have seen the second episode, which is not nearly as good. Oh, far. Yeah, started off well watch that first one though the grandmother and stuff gone really, really good to try to do this, you just need to go away now. But the collider stuff was like, Well, this is a good is does it feel like that's going to be the season theme? Well, you know that Ben got hit by the particles and then something showed up that was also very Hellraiser looking. That has not gone away. That's back in the sound episode. So I just didn't like this second episodes main plot. But the B and C plots I was very interested in there is it like the monster the weak part was weak, I was a weaker end. But like the continuing story was still interesting. And the acting is just so good. Those characters have been so filled by those actors that they know exactly what kind of looks to give each other. And so I feel I feel very comfortable following them. Okay, so then the other movie I want to talk about is one that Eric has already talked about the fall guy, oh, which I thought was fine. There if you fail to mention that the entire score of this movie is built around. I was made by loving you, kisses 1979 Disco hit the entire score scores. So that song opens the credits. And then there's all kinds of little stings throughout that are, you know, that's, and I was like, What the hell who decided this was gonna be a good idea. I loved it. But I couldn't imagine that anybody else likes that song the way I do. It was fun, though. You're gonna have a problem with that. But they did some other strange things too, like his Miami Vice jacket. Like why Miami? All the things. But then that pays off beautifully. That's a good point. Yeah. So I thought that was great. And I had fun with it. Now look, I get it, I can be a stick in the mud when it comes to stuff like this. Because I've been writing a lot more. And I'm super critical of writing this film on once once the plot begins, is is a is an uncovering of a murderer that it looks like colts ears is being framed for. And he's trying to find a video. This murder was viewed by dozens of people who are also all on this video. And I thought to myself, this part does not work at all, unless he's going to go and kill he's going to murder dozens of people to cover up this murder. And I was like, why this didn't have to be like this. Why does this not? Why doesn't anybody in this multi multimillion dollar movie stand up and go? There is one problem with the script we should probably take care of. Yeah. Yeah. easily solved solvable in the context of everything that was going on? Yes, absolutely. And so once that happened, I kept thinking to myself, how are they going to explain all the other people he's not trying to frame and murder are all on this video. So I don't all in it. They all love him so much that they are willing to keep their traps shut forever. Yes. That's the that's the sticking point. For me. It was like okay, this does not work. Unfortunately. Fortunately, the movie is cute enough. Ryan Gosling is fantastic. And Aaron, who's playing the the main movie star. Yeah, he is so good. Yeah, he's such a tech, you really want to just punch him in the face. And I thought the Vanessa, this probably speaks to you. Well, Eric, you too, because both are editors. I thought that there were some really lovely transition scenes that as a writer, I'm never sure how to convey in a script, the scene where she's doing karaoke, that is intercut with him. And I was just like, how do you write this scene? Because I want to grab the script and see how the guy did it. Or if this was just a choice that an editor goes and says I'm going to bash these two scenes together. Either way, probably I would think in post production that happens because it's just such a cool like way of escalating and like on the script page. I don't know if it would seem as powerful Yeah, but in posts I can definitely see being like let's spruce up this karaoke. Let's really draw that tension between him being late and her being irritated and well and then the brilliance of it is the shot where she says hang in the window he goes by and yeah. This is really a lovely down. Well, Emily Blunt was also incredible in that they did a great job of showing her not being a pushover when she kicks the crap out of him and no one's seen. But the, the way we talk about as filmmakers, there's three writing stages, really, there's the writing, right, the actual writing, then there's writing that happens when actors and directors get involved, which hopefully is more on set as opposed to fucking around in pre production. And then there's the editing, which is another kind of writing. We had to do some rewriting of it. Three minutes short, right? So you never know, right? Yeah, yeah. Speaking of which, I'm going down to see our three minutes shorter. The Portland horror film festival. This coming weekend. We got into another festival. Oh, why the really intriguing looking cabin in the woods festival here in Seattle. Oh, my God. It took place. Yeah, it changes where it takes place, doesn't it? Or I don't think so. It's only second one. Okay. But crystal Connors puts on a wild event. I mean, they literally go into a cabin for meets and greets and and dinner. And then the the theater last year was the the guy named after the film school? Oh, Susun. Yes. Mr. Stern theater at SF. Oh. So I'm not sure if it I think it will be again, because you should be doing a lot of work with Sif. But so which would be great, because that's a hell of a neat little small theater there. I don't expect you to know exact dates. But what month is that? August, I believe? Fantastic. Yeah, the thing I know about them is they I think they did like judging like sitting down watching it together event on Anderson Island last year. Because like I, one of the other and Anders Island Film Festival Committee members came up to me and said, I ran into these guys, and they were down at the campground and they're watching movies. And wouldn't you believe it? And he handed me a card for one of the people. So that's that's so fun. That's so fun. Fall Guy still in theaters? If you're gonna go see it. See, as soon it is apparently a flop. Yeah, so it was almost every movie. Oh, no, that's awful. I'm sorry to hear that. Because it is fun. Um, well, I don't know if this one's a flop or not. But I went and saw Furiosa it is? Oh, no. Oh, one of the most worst memorial day weekends in 10 years. It's a pretty wild film. They do something with the I don't know if it's the shutter speed, or if it's something in post or stylistically, but the action is a little bit sped up. And so at first that really irritated me and I was like, oh my god, I'm gonna have to sit through this and looks kind of cartoony and dumb. But honestly, that feeling went away pretty quick. Like I just was like, okay, cool. That's just this world. That's part of the feeling. This is not the first nor the last time that George Miller will screw around with this stuff. Very true. So totally fine. The actress who played Furiosa did a wonderful job. just such a cool journey. It's split up into chapters. And the bad guy being played by Chris Hemsworth. He's so good. And he's having such a good time. Yeah, I at one point, because I knew like seeing the trailer. I was like, That's Chris Hemsworth Oh, my God, he's gonna play like this awful villain. That's great. And then I'm watching it. I'm like, Wait, isn't Chris Hemsworth got the prosthetic knows that it knows. And there's just like, the expressions are not what we're used to. The voice is not what we're used to. mannerisms are not where I mean, he is an actor. And you can see that by seeing what a different role he does. But Yam is Taylor joy. Yeah, he's pretty good. Thank you. Yeah, and Taylor joy. She does a wonderful job. I have to wonder if this movie is flopping because audiences don't like sequels slash prequels without the original actors. And if we had gotten Charlize Theron O, digitally de aged. Oh, if that would have been maybe something closer to what they wanted. I don't know. I thought Chris Hemsworth was fucking brilliant. Your color? Yeah, I'd like to see it again. In the theater. It was that good. And I didn't think the setup stuff was any different than what they were doing in Fury Road or even in the road warrior. It's been a hot minute since I've seen Fury Road so they might have done it and I just forgot about it. I I did feel like that's right. He does weird stylistic stuff, and I couldn't quite this is definitely a different color palette than Fury Road. Like it's a lot poppier and the colors Yeah, it was different. It doesn't feel Like it has the same film green to it, but it's still just so fun. I'm surprised Did it bother you that the story was it definitely felt like more of a and then and then and then and then rather than a beginning, middle and end? Well, I thought it was I liked it more than Fury Road and I loved I thought that it was a complete story. I mean, it spans decades, and you get to see Gastown and the bullet farm you get to see everybody, you know, kind of interacting and how these three towns after the apocalypse work. And I was just like, wow, this is a major story. Whereas Fury Road is a long chasing for. There are a couple of really cool chase scenes in this but there's romance as far as that can go in a Mad Max film. I thought that, yeah, Ana Taylor. Joy was spectacular. I thought the stunts were amazing. I thought it looked really really cool. So yeah. It's brutal moments in it. Yeah, I was like, that's not a good way to go. Yeah. And strangely, very strange for Mad Max film, third act and final battle, which is mostly discussion. Yeah. Oh, wow. That's true. This is not what he usually does with one of these movies. And I really liked it. Because it's just two really solid actors acting hard against each other. Like, point this is so cool. And then, you know, there were like eight people on theater. Well, I mean, it's also for guy too, so it's kinda like, I don't know. I don't know what yeah, maybe it's like it's good weather and the kids are back in school, but the you know, people are too busy trying to be outside and cooking barbecues rather, rather than going into tornadoes. And my fear is George Miller is now at this unlikely we will get another Mad Max film from him and then when he passes what will happen is a reboot of the entire series. Oh, yeah. Unnecessary. I'm sure that they're not going to let the Mad Max thing go. Also, there was one spot in the movie that it didn't bother me, but it almost bothered me because you see, Max? Oh, I know. Did that for about two seconds? He's really quick. How old would you be? And I'm just like, it's not necessary. This is fanservice I guess. Yeah. weird. So weird. I was like, this little literal same cliff that we start Fury Road on. Like, what for? What for? Because I don't I mean, I like this idea that almost every film feels like a reboot of Mad Max because it's that sort of legend evolving storytelling. And so not the timelines don't make sense. The the character being where they are doing what they're doing doesn't always line up and so I was fine with getting a new actor even but yeah, we don't need a reboot. Reboot that what the fuck? Unnecessary. Yeah, God you people watching all your old fucking movies. I watched a new movie. Oh, Beverly Hills Cop. Was this in preparation for the sequel? The actual movie on Netflix. Now I kind of forgot that it's coming out. It's just for some reason I had the itch. weeks ago. Like I feel like rewatching Beverly Hills Cop, kind of dumb 80s action comedy movie. Yeah. And this is one of the better executed ones of those and you know what it holds up? It's still fine. It's still silly. I would say one of the things that doesn't hold up I think a younger audience would be like, what's going on here? Where when the cops screw up the upper cops come forward and say you have to apologize. And you now have to you're going to be punished for the way you treated this young black man. Oh, wow. See that it a little differently now than it did in the 80s. But Eddie Murphy is still just so good. And the the evolution of the two la cops and the way he sort of corrupts them is just great. And it still sell out works. Still a lot of fun. So we're seeing if you haven't seen it, go check it out. 80s action movie really works. I definitely haven't seen it since the VHS. So although Dena did say my god they play that Axel Foley song a lot, don't they? Yes, yes. Yes, they do. Harold falter Maya That's right. Wow, nice. Oh, quick asked me my mom's middle name. No idea. I have no room for stuff like that. Oh, no. Yeah, so there's As the Netflix sequel coming out, I think next month, Axel F. And I saw the trailer I was like, this looks funny. This looks good. Well, the last thing Netflix did with him was fantastic at least last thing I know of the filmmaker with talking about the rate Rudy radar, right, which was soulmate. Yeah, that was great. Yeah, so I'm kind of looking forward to cool. Well, okay, again, how about we take a little break and then when we come back, we are celebrating Roger Corman films you. By 1965, the studio heads were all over 60 years old enough. Zucker on the board of Paramount was over 90, Hollywood's Golden Age had faded, and a new audience was on the rise in America. The young baby boomers cruising around in cars looking for a place to hang out. They found a home at the drive in theaters where B movies reigned supreme. The king of the big movies was a man named Roger Corman corpsman had his finger on the pulse of the new market that wasn't being served by the old studio heads. The movies weren't grand award winning prestige pictures. They were cheap, mostly sci fi and horror movies filled with sex, violence, and exploitation. Corman got his start in the mailroom at 20th Century Fox where he eventually rose to story reader. But after frustration from lack of credit, he left to start writing, producing and directing films on his own during the 50s. By the late 60s, Corman had hit his stride, making such successes as the wild angels in the trip. Correns model was to shoot films extremely quickly and cheaply loading them up with sex and violence. By the time people started talking about them, the next film was hitting the theaters, it was known as disposable cinema. One of the ways corpsman kept the cost of his films down was by hiring film students and other inexperienced young people who didn't have to pay them much. They receive valuable hands on experience. Perhaps Korea's most important pupil was Francis Ford Coppola Coppola started working for Corman while graduate student and UCLA Film program. His first job with Corman was taking a Russian sci fi flick and turning it into a new monster movie by dubbing over all of the dialogue with new lines and re editing it. This movie became battle beyond the sun. tableless first directing gig was for Corman, a thriller called Dementia 13. He shot the film in nine days with a budget of only $40,000 Corman's company serve as an incubator for young talent. Directors can take risks there as they develop their creativity. Peter Bogdanovich and Ron Howard each made the first film for Corman and Martin Scorsese, he made his second film for Corman. Corman didn't just serve as a mentor for budding filmmakers. He mentored actors as well. Peter Fonda Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, many others got their first big rolls and Corman films. Oh my god, don't stop now. In 1969, Hopper founder and leader Nicholson teamed up to make a film titled easy writer. Remember how the studio heads were old and becoming irrelevant? Well, Columbia was run by H. Schneider. His son birch Schneider, had been working for his father when he decided to make a production company of his own. Bert saw the potential of the youth market and teamed up with Bob Rafelson and Steve blonar to create BBs productions, so they hired hopper to direct and find out to produce the film. Schneider knew that the stale assembly line mode of production that old Hollywood had been creating films with since the beginning of cinema was outdated. They saw what was happening with the French New Wave and recognize the potential of a production model that gave authorship of the film to a single artist. It was only a couple years earlier 1967 that the influence of the French New Wave made its way to America. Arthur pen David Newman and Robert Benton wrote Bonnie and Clyde, about two bank robbers in love. As an homage to the French New Wave. We rob banks even sent the script to France watch her foe, in hopes that he would direct it. Truffaut gave them detailed notes on ways to improve it before passing it along to John Luke ghadar. Both Godard and Truffaut decided to make other films a year. But Truffaut got the ball rolling when he sent the script to Warren baby. After the film was finally completed, Warner Brothers thought they had a flop. They released the film on the arthouse circuit, young audiences took to the film became a massive success, even earning a Best Picture nomination of the Academy Awards that year. This new market also meant that a generation was finally being represented on screen, a generation against the war in Vietnam, a generation that felt marginalized by its country. Dennis Hopper said, no one had ever seen themselves portrayed in the movie. And every loving across the country, people were smoking grass and dropping LSD. While audiences were still watching Doris Day and Rock Hudson. The Hays code that restricted what can be shown in a film was on its way out in favor Have a new system that would rate the content of a film. Instead of censoring it. filmmakers were now able to depict subject matter in their films that have been off limits since before 1930. And the Hays Code was introduced. Let me out. Don't be nervous. Get away from that door. The B movies led to a new awakening. The revolution was ready to go mainstream. All it needed was for old Hollywood to die. The final nail in the old Hollywood coffin started in the mid 60s, the studio's started getting bought up by large corporations that can sustain the loss of a flop without collapsing. The first big acquisition was Paramount Pictures by Gulf and Western 1966. The only issue was that these companies knew nothing about making movies, so they turned to the new film school generation of filmmakers down and out and in need of work after a failure. Francis Ford Coppola accepted an offer to direct a movie titled The Godfather for Paramount Pictures in 1972. That film was originally supposed to be a small gangster flick, but through a lot of fighting, Coppola managed to turn it into a masterpiece, and a huge box office success. The triumph of The Godfather and the successes of other young filmmakers gave Coppola the freedom to spread his creative wings, as well as help Copalis friend, George Lucas spread his after Lucas's nostalgic hit American Graffiti, he decided that his next film would be a space opera based on old westerns and samurai movies called Star Wars in 1977. Star Wars as well as Steven Spielberg's Jaws two years earlier, would mark a new direction for American cinema. These films will be hyped up high concept spectacles that will become wide release events for the movie going public. They were known as blockbusters. More importantly, they would give the studio's access to new untapped revenue streams, not your children can be great space battles, or collect our wonderful Star Wars companions. McKenna's Star Wars action figures. By the beginning of the 80s a series of big budget or tour failures or bring a close to New Hollywood, Hollywood realize that they can make significantly higher returns by investing in franchise films and big budget spectacles. What we're left with is a catalogue of unique stories indicative of a time when arthouse and mainstream are one in the same. I don't say. We have returned this was my sub genre topic and because we lost Roger Corman just a couple weeks back I said how about we all pick a Roger Corman film and I picked a winner. Ooh, I had never seen this from 1963. I'm talking about x the man with the X ray eyes. On August 14 notes an experiment designated X experimental subject myself James Zevia. The most fantastic experiment you have ever taken part in presents Rhema land in his most challenging role or centers Academy Award winning last weekend. X the man with the X ray eyes. I will right it's like a splitting of the world I've ever seen. filled with light. And the man with the X ray eyes, tries to help the most desperate in our society and enjoys all the delights of secretly studying sexology kidding? No, it's just my eyes a doctor with a power to see what others cannot believe he can overcome the unknown, save lives and invade the glamor gambling casinos of Las Vegas and defy the goddess of chance. Don't draw don't draw next cards or face card. Here you better go for the sheriff right now. What's Up Your Sleeve a budget of $250,000 no idea the box office Rotten Tomatoes critics give it 80% And the audience gives us 67% Directed by Roger Corman. 56. Directing credits 493 producing credits. That was crazy, including swamp woman, rock all night. She gods of shark reef and the Raven, which I talked about an earlier episode, starting Raven land who has 176 credits including Dial M for Murder frogs. The thing with two heads, which I think you talked about on an episode. Sounds familiar. He gets the black man's head and he's a racist. Yeah, he was also in Escape to Witch Mountain. Let's see who else is in this Diana? vendor of lease who has 42 credits, mostly TV but also the swimmer Eric Oh, love spell. Oh, good. 99 episodes of Ryan's Hope. And 903 episodes of where the heart is, which is not what I'm familiar with. It sounds vaguely familiar, but I don't know. Also in this Harold J stone 186 credits mostly TV but also the photographer. The big the big mouth, man afraid and the harder they fall. John Howard is in this he has 258 credits, including when worlds collide to the ends of the earth and sealed verdict. And finally, shockingly, Don Rickles shows up in this 81 credits including innocent blood casino, and he is Mr. Potatohead and the Toy Story franchise. Okay, have you guys seen x the man with the X ray eyes? Yeah, but I saw it on a list of cool films to check out. Yeah, just shockingly good. So we started off we meet Dr. James Xavier, the titular x of this movie was gone to get his eyes checked and the doctor says your eyesight is excellent. Just like last month, what's going on? Why do you want to keep testing your eyes? And it turns out the Xavier has created these eyedrops that are intended to increase the range of human vision beyond the visible spectrum and into ultraviolet and even X ray wavelengths and beyond Whoa, the reasons that only makes sense to the storyline, Xavier has decided he must test the eyedrops on himself believing the testing on animals and volunteers will produce uselessly subjective data. One might argue that that exact data will be what you'd want to know before testing the drafts on yourself. Xavier would clearly say fuck right off. he enlists the aid of his doctor, friend Sam and Diane and at first his experiment is a wild success. When looking at an eye chart, he's reading completely different letters than we're seeing on the chair. But when the doctor flips the chart over those are the letters as Xavier was seeing Oh, at one point he is scheduled to assist in a surgery for another doctor but because he can see through the patient's chest he realizes that the doctor has misdiagnosed her and he ends up taking over the surgery and saving the girl's life and also pissing off this doctor. But Xavier is not happy with these results and wants to see even more. He continues using the drops and as he does his control over his vision decreases even as X ray powers increase and guess who forgot to set the timer? myself five minutes while you're stuck for a moment, yeah, Sam and Diane I know isn't that funny? Not the salmon Diana. Cheers. Okay, let's see. At one point Diana has invited him to a groovy house party. This is 1963 Guys, where he certainly doesn't look out of place since everyone there is 25 years old. And Rimland is about 60 in this movie truly excellent. And I'm not talking about 2024 60 year olds who look you know, like they're 40. This is 1963 or a six year old looks like an 80 year old. It doesn't matter to the hip chicks and cats are all dancing at this party and one particularly attractive young woman asks him to dance which he does quite badly. But as he's doing it, the girl's clothes suddenly disappear. And looking around the room. Xavier realizes he's watching a bunch of naked people dancing. Oh, when Diane figures it out, she kind of rushes him out of there. But the funding games quickly pass and pretty soon Xavier can see the world only in forms of light and texture that his brain is unable to actually understand. Even closing his eyes brings no relief as you can see through his eyelids now. Sam advises him to stop the drops until they've had a chance to evaluate the effects particularly since the eyes have a direct path to the brain. But Xavier refuses and during an argument he accidentally quite ridiculously knock Sam out of a window where he falls to his death. But Diane persuades him that he must go on the run because if the cops catch up to him he will be convicted of murder. So he ends up at a carnival as a mind reader and it kind of reminded me of the New Nightmare alley, because he wears a huge blindfold with a painted eye on it like Bradley Cooper worn that one. And his manager at this place is played by Don Rickles, Mr. Wirth and he's just a perfect slimeball in this. And the manager realizes that this skill is not a trick especially when x diagnosis a girl's injuries when she falls from the Ferris wheel and convinces him or Don Rickles convinces him that he can make more money as a miracle diagnostician. Xavier Zeiss continue to change and he has to wear thick protective goggles to prevent overload. And sick and dying people are now coming to the carnival lining up for him to diagnose them. This is where Diane tracks him down and goes to speak with him but he no longer sees the outer surface so he doesn't even recognize her until she starts talking. He explains how he can no longer close his eyes to achieve darkness and is haunted by His power. He's also been blackmailed by Don Rickles who has recognized who he is and will turn him over to the authorities if he tries to leave. Will Xavier and Diane be able to escape the clutches of Don Rickles they end up in Las Vegas winning exorbitant amounts of cash because he can see the dealer's cards and when he is thrown out. Will his goggles be knocked off exposing his eyes which are now black and gold? And will Xavier escape to a religious revival in the middle of the desert telling the evangelist that he can see the edge of the universe including the eye that sees us all? To which the evangelist replies, if thine eye offends pluck it out? What a great movie, I had a blast with this. I loved it all the way through and the end scene is a knockout. Fucking awesome. Couple of tag lines. Suddenly, he could see through close flesh and walls. The last one is not as powerful as the first two. But this one he stripped souls as bare as bodies. Also doesn't make a lot of sense. Some trivia to create the effect of being able to see through a building. The director filmed the building while it was under construction. Oh, that makes sense. It's a pretty great shot. Wes Anderson mirror developed a script for the remake of this film with writer Brian Gould bluff, but it went on produced and Roger Corman had considered updating the film with modern special effects or possibly remaking the film entirely. None of that happened when Ray Milan and Don Rickles appeared together on a 1972 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Milan interrupted the proceedings to say that wow X. The man with the X ray eyes was terrible. Rickles was brilliant in it and expressed his admiration for Rickles acting ability. Wow. And then finally, the film won the Astro nave dollars into silver spaceship award in 1963. At the first International Festival of science fiction film Oh, in trusty Italy. Oh, does that become stitches? Yeah, they're the same. Come on. I'm sure there are many people in those two countries that would disagree. But what do they know? That's right. They probably live a long flight to the Pacific Northwest. That's all I'm saying. My movie was x the man with the X ray is it was so good. I urge you both to watch it. It is really really very watchable. Oh, fantastic. We had a filmmaker fly in from Spain to crypto Con this year. Krypton Seattle is here. Because this movie was showing here man, thank you should come back and go to sleep because with me it's like, Huh? You know, hopefully our listeners understand that. I am not the person that I pretend to be when I am jesting about the table with you too. Yeah, I don't think I hate you. That's true. You can say sarcasm and wink wink hurry around here. All right, everyone seems to think I hate her. I'm giving you 10 minutes there. They might know something. I don't know. Oh, well. I'll pretend it's fine. I don't have time for that. You like me? The you really like the movie. I chose to come from the same list that Kelly found his friend possibly maybe the BFI top 10 Roger Corman movies you have not seen? No. Oh, nevermind. Then. I found on there a film that had recently been referenced the intruder. If this man take a good look, he's a specialist. He knows exactly how to turn this quiet town into a hell of violence. That negros will literally and I do mean literally, and throw this out there willing to fight down to the last. I keep fighting. The thing is over the intruder he made the sleepy town of Caxton, his town for his reason. He played on their fears and their hatreds. This time became a headline for the intruder. He brought an end to innocence. He exploited a woman's weakness. He turned neighbor against neighbor How come you walk that bunch of white school? See anything I do is any business a years later it will happen he would make it happen over here you're alone with a white girl in the basement of the school. But you didn't try to do anything and I want you expect us to believe. AKA shame, aka the stranger. AKA I hate your guts. Oh 19 Rotten Tomato score of nothing from critics and 77% from audience. This is a budget of 100k or 90k or 80k. Depending on what part of the internet you look at box office. All I know is it was a box office failure and no idea by how much directed by Roger Corman, who has been previously discussed as to what he's been up to. So I will leave that there. Written by Charles Beaumont, who has 43 credits, including night of the eagle brain dead mask of Red Death, haunted palace and 22 episodes of Twilight Zone, starring William Shatner. So I think this is how I had heard of it before because I'd heard that this was maybe William Shatner's best performance. He has, of course 256 credits to his name including Star Trek. Familiar with the SPYders, which we talked about last week, and Frank Maxwell 161 episode, credits to his name 172 episodes of General Hospital, the wild angels, Mr. Majestic and a bunch of TV stuff I'd never heard of. So the story follows Adam creamer, who arrives at a small town of Craxton he's charismatic, charming, handsome and wearing an awful lot of white. He booked out a week at a local hotel. And when asked why he's there, he says he's a social worker. This small town has, by law been forced to integrate blacks into an all white school. So 10 Black students will be attending the school. And Adam, who is supposedly working with the Patrick Henry society, is there to get everyone furious about it. He seems it seems like the town isn't happy with the idea, but it's the law. So they'll go along with it. And he insists that it's up to them to fight back and rise up against this injustice. He's racist. Just so you know, he's racist. He's clearly an outsider as he has no southern accent. But He's so charming that no one seems to really mind and they're happy to sort of go along with his ideas and his frustrations about why things are not going well around here. He even gets a wealthy landowner named Fern to back him up. And he also spends time seducing a teenage daughter who is maybe maybe 16 of the local newspaper editor Tom McDaniel. With the help of Vern, he makes an inflammatory speech in front of the Town Hall and organizes a cross burning in the black neighborhood. The town takes it one step further and throws dynamite in the church killing the Pastor Tom, the newspaper editor slash father who does not realize that his daughter is parking with this gentleman instantly takes a dislike to him. He feels uncomfortable with the town's reaction and takes a stand against Adam. He encourages the black kids to walk to school again and goes with them. But of course this has dire consequences when the townspeople cost him in the street and beat him nearly to death. Meanwhile, Adam seduces another woman VI, who is staying at the hotel in an adjoining room. She's the wife of a traveling salesman named Sam Griffin. She then disappears out of absolute shame of herself. She didn't really want to do it in the first place. And she was sort of convinced into it into a rapey. But no, it's fine. She secretly wanted it seen. And it is justified later, by Sam saying, yeah, she told me that she knew many men before, but it's a sickness that runs in her and she just can't help but great. Sam finds out and confronts Adam. And as a salesman, he sees through his actions and accuses him of being cowardly and controlling. He tells him, he's lost his power over these people, and they are not under his control. So Adam then convinces the daughter, aka the 16 year old that he's making out with that she should accuse one of the black students of rape. And the townspeople should then leave her father alone and not actually kill him. The town arrives to lynch the Black Student. Then we see a final confrontation between the townspeople the student, and Adam losing his ability to control them when he insists No, we should just arrest this kid not use this rope that this guy is holding in his hand or, you know, that's a chain this kid to a swing set. It's great. Will they Lynch, the black kid, watch this film free on Roku channel to find out? That'd be all the after there were a canopy as well. Excellent. Yes. So William Shatner does a great job in this. He is so convincing. It is difficult to watch. You see him with a lot of bravado, but also these kind of subtle moments where he is losing control. And he thinks he's got these people wrapped around his finger. I don't know quite To what end other than to be racist. But it is neat to see this performance out of him. I hate the rabies scene with the hotel lady because it's so convincing. It's just gross. It's like, he's like, Oh, it's too bright in here and turns off the lights. And he's like, Oh, you're uncomfortable. It's isn't it's so hot. Why are you wearing that shirt, and it's just so gross to watch. That it's good, but bad. So also, this film has a lot of the use of the N word, as well as many other racial slurs son, which I had never heard of before. It was like that sucks. It is hard to watch in this era. Seeing the kk k rolling through town in cars were in their their cool hats is also really weird. But I do like that throughout. There's a constant. People asking why. So when weird things are happening, or someone says they want something to happen or don't want something happen, the reaction is often why. And I think that that's cool, because it makes people have to justify their sort of hostilities. So they also, something I don't like is the wife of the newspaper guy who gets beat. She is super racist. And then all of a sudden, she's like, Well, nevermind, I trust you, honey, you're right. Those kids should go to school and we should integrate black people. I don't fully understand your reasons. But okay. I was like, That's too quick. Also the townspeople after they try to kill this kid. They also turn into feeling bad about it a little too fast. It's very unconvincing. It's like Why do you suddenly feel like oh, wait, this wasn't the right decision. However, it overall has a sense of almost like a Twilight Zone episode. Or where yeah, this town full of people who are good people have gone wrong, but really have they been wrong the whole time or whatever. It's got that that real feel to it. So it makes sense that the author wrote a lot of Twilight Zone episodes. little trivia. This was inspired by real life events in Tennessee involving a northern bigots who went to into a town inciting a racial conflict. This was shot entirely in location in southern Missouri with locals acting as extras knowing how incendiary the script was Roger Corman made a point of not showing them the full screenplay for fear of being run out of town. William Shatner said their lives were threatened equipment was sabotaged and permission to film in the local school yard was revoked after the crew was thrown out of East prairie, Missouri, by the town by the Chief of Police for allegedly being communists, Roger Corman realized he needed one more a wide shot of the high school he and his assistant went back to the town and hurriedly filmed the shot. The chief must have gotten wind of his being there as he was seen by corpsman arriving in the distance corpsman and assisting quickly through the camera and equipment in the car and sped away in the opposite direction unscathed. The movie received some good reviews but encountered difficulty obtaining a release path they released it in New York but eventually pulled out and Corman the Corman brothers took over distributing the movie themselves. Intruder was his only film that didn't make money and was his careers quote unquote greatest disappointment. Roger Corman allegedly blamed William Shatner's performance for the film's box office failure. It was only one of 300 plus films made by Corman and lost money shutting her jokingly suggested years later that the rereleased Title I hate your guts was probably aimed at him. Roger Corman however I think it failed for two reasons. One, the audience at the time in the early 60s simply didn't want to see a picture about racial integration, too. It was more of a lecture from that moment on I thought my films should be entertainment on the surface, and I should deliver any theme or idea or concept beneath the surface. So it really changed his feelings about filmmaking. And he decided he wanted to really change it into an entertainment industry and not something with a deeper message. So this sounds fascinating, I want to watch this. What was happening at the end when they're going to lynch the kid, and Shatner is saying we should just arrest him. So it's very strange. I think the idea is that he it's not very well portrayed. But it seems like he's getting everyone riled up because he wants to be in charge of these people. And it's more of a narcissist move. And he feels like he can get them to do things to His will, whatever those things are. And one of them is to go and get the kid and throw him in jail and get him kicked out of the school and thus have it so that the black kids can't go into the white school. And when they show up with like ropes, he was like, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, I didn't mean that. And he also was not responsible for the dynamites going into the the church, but it wasn't clear that he was against it either. So it was a little loosey goosey at the very end where you're like, Wait, why are you worrying? Hey, guys, let's just remember we're not here to commit violence. We're just getting the police. Like, really? Really? Yeah. And a cool look into yourself. So as Charles Beaumont and William F Nolan. And I clicked on this guy and got a disturbing picture. Yeah, the local towns people in this are crazy. Great choice. I've heard about that film, and I've never watched it and yeah, absolutely convinced me. Yeah, I think you should check it out. Especially if you like Roger Corman to kind of see what the other path could have taken him down. Right. Yeah, both of these. I'm great. I'm checking them out. And also glad to say I will be contributing another damn good film. Yeah, I'm putting 10 minutes on the buzzer for you. This is 1964 Mask of the Red Death. Got me a demon. So I may know why I want to help save your soul so you can join me in the glories of hell. Name is Ruby's Ambrose Each man creates his own heaven. His own hell. Let me see your face Rotten Tomatoes almost sided with the critics on this 191 crowd 68 Whoa. No, no, this is a fucking director by Roger Corman. Third time y'all know written by Charles Beaumont, right? Hey, do you know he wrote 22 episodes? Shocking, shocking information he wrote the intruder. Brain dead, which was a little surprised that I didn't notice that when I watched the movie or forgot, but in the haunted palace with a right writing credit given to our right Campbell as well who worked on Hells Angels on wheels, man of 1000 faces and Machine Gun Kelly. No relation to the rapper. And Edgar Allan Poe is one of his pole movies starring Vincent Price who you might know from Tiny Toon Adventures. The little troll prints, the Great Mouse Detective, and the greatest adventures stories from the Bible. Oh, also Hazel court who's in the final conflict, the premature burial and the Curse of Frankenstein, and Jane Asher from bunch of Doctor Who stuff and the Quatermass experiment, which I had also talked about before. So it opened with a great scene of a woman collecting sticks, and it's just obviously a I know it sounds weird. Okay, go on that it's true. It looks fantastic. And but it's very obviously a set and it is very stylized, almost Bafa. Looking. I'm sure above a jump borrow from this a little bit. But and with a red robed figure leaning against the tree. He takes a white rose and gives it to her after turning it red and tells her to take it to a village because the day of deliverance is at hand. Oh, very stylized beginning. Vincent plays an asshole leader. The village thinks the prophecy was about his leadership coming to an end. And when he goes to the shows up in the village, they tell him this to his face. So of course, he ordered them killed, but instead ends up taking them back to his castle with because a the daughter one and the husband of the other, both the same woman intervene. Of course, Vincent goes, well, you should join me on my castle and takes all of them up there. Price is amazing in this film, his performance is top notch. He plays a character named Prince Prospero at credit is credible. And it corpsman often cited for his ability to make movie on a budget but you know it. There's a good filmmaker too, as shown in all three of the films we've talked about today. The colors in this film are gorgeous, is incredibly well chosen to the ideas. It's not just well, let's make something garish and interesting looking. That looks really pretty. But they have meaning there's an entirely Yellow Room, which walks into a tirely green room I believe and then total white room, and then the black room which she is not allowed to enter. But they all look really cool. What is going on outside what did the red rose represent? The Red Death as it's called, which of course has similarities to the plague and ideas along those lines. Prospero is shown further to be a dick to anybody around him with one of the early parties humiliating and embarrassing the people of his cart by telling them to act like certain kinds of animals and to ride there on the floor in front of him for his amusement and just just not a good person. There's another co adaptation within this pole adaptation called Hotfrog which is the story of a little person and his small bride. The bride is hit by a man in the court and Hotfrog will actually stop toad and the movie. vows revenge is good because the guy is an asshole. Yet another asshole not one of his buddies. You as the movie loads on you find out that Vincent Price is a He, active Satanist, and his wife is as well. And they're working together to strike it, create a strong incantation. Price goes on a bunch of being an asshole to people excursions in the film and just continues to show the kind of person his character while hop, Todd Toad is working on his revenge by getting the person who avenged him to dress up as a gorilla for the costume. Party at the end. The guy skip Martin playing this role is amazing. His performance is so good, and so ridiculously nuanced for the little bit of stuff he has to do because he's playing a character who's trying to be friends to this guy, and convince him to do something in which he's going to fuck with him later on. But he's trying to everybody's having fun with him trying to convince him it's going to be fun, and it's just amazing. Prices wife and the role gives the peasant lady a way to escape, but she has to wreck through rescue her father and husband herself. Like I'll show you how to get out, but you're gonna need to get them. That does not go great. And it goes even worse when they get to this suppose Id purchased man at the exit of Walmart, Walmart prices out there just screwing around with people, his wife tries to make an actual deal with the devil. In a wild scene reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby almost with the way it's shot through, like fluid and moving images and deep greens, and implies sexual acts with several different weird looking creatures. I'll get into that a little bit later. Corbin later expressed dissatisfaction with the final mask sequence, which he described as the greatest flaw in the film. If you watch it, you can kind of see there's a lot of just running back and forth in the crowd while thinking while they're everything's falling apart. Falling Vincent just basically running back and forth for a while. His comment on it was they filmed it in one day, which would have been enough time in Hollywood. But the English crews were just too slow. I cannot stress enough how good this movie is. The story was obviously a stretch, considering the original post story is 14 paragraphs long. I mean, it's a short short. The director of Don't look now and you know that film and walk about is the DP for the movie. Oh, my name is Nicolas row. And this was his first color film. And damn, he knew how to do it. This was a remastered from arrow so the colors just pop everything. It just looks ridiculously good. Many of the extensive Castle sets were leftover from Beckett. So the the sets are really nice. But she had been shot earlier that year and one BAFTA Awards for it sets the nomination for the end nomination for Best Art direction. So that's part of the reason it looks so good. They had really really expensive sets that they never could have afforded on their own budget. Film was said that novelist Steen couldn't said Charles Beaumont was one of the seminal influences and writing of the fantastic and the McCobb which is probably true. Yeah, she is a phenomenal writer to the concept of the prince because Satan this was not in the original story that was put in by the writers just needed some work. Beaumont was too ill at the time to rewrite write it that's why our right Campbell has a credit on it. See, the script is an interesting concept mentally to think of Carmen's looked at doing it earlier in like 1961 but he was worried he would get too many comparisons to eight Mar Bergman's the seventh seal because of storyline was like okay, carbon. This is a really good movie, but I think you're okay as far as goes with the V he also got shooting England though did allow in five weeks instead of three. So the slowness I guess I don't know what the exchange ended up being there for him. British censors removed part of that scene where she was seducing the demons saying it was too graphic. It is not remotely graphic. There is nothing shown in that scene. It is her performance that makes it intense. But it is well intense and I could you know if you're looking for it, you might feel I saw something that wasn't there. Kind of like blood and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A couple little notes here left, although the producers were worried that Edgar Allan Poe might be too highbrow, or the people that were making this for, it was considered unsuccessful at time. According to one of the producers, it's because it was too artsy fartsy. But it's now considered one of the best Edgar Allan Poe films. Yeah, it is. Was this his first Edgar Allan Poe file? No, I think it's a second or third. I read enough contradictory things about it, because the writing happened before other ones, but then the production happened after other ones. They ended up kind of well, but it's somewhere like is second to fourth. Okay. Yeah, it's a great movie. Wow. Had some really good picks. This is great. A great week, man. I was like, Roger Corman, who gets, you know, kind of shit on in a way? Yeah. Outside of us hardcore freak filmmaker from watchers. Really was talented. Yeah, this film, from what you're saying, from what I watch. These are incredibly well directed and well realized films on virtually no budget, compared to what was going on. So he was great. What was the budget on yours? Again, I couldn't find a reliable one. But it was a couple 100 grand or something like that. Yeah, I would not have thought that having seen that film, but the explanation about the sets makes a lot of sense. Yep. Yeah, it was definitely not high. Yeah. And in Britain, that was like such a common thing, like Doctor Who would take place in different locations each week, depending on what had been shot. Sometimes they're like, we're in Rome. Crazy. We're in Victorian England. Oh, and that show definitely lends itself to being treated that way. Yeah. Very cool, guys. Vanessa, this means it's your pick for the next sub genre. Well, Kelly, yes. I've had to like the way this has started. I've received some complaints now and again, about 80 of my picks. So I'm gonna go broad on this and I'm gonna say subtitles. Anything with subtitles? Wow. Yep. Well, that will work as a Yeah. Don't tell me you can't find something in time. I'm I'm just wishing you'd pick this a couple of weeks ago. Two films in one way. I mean, Jesus, I spread it out to it could be about other deities. It's just you all chose to toe the line. So yeah, I like this idea. So any foreign film or really any? Any? You could watch William Shatner's Esperanza movie. Wow, Island. Oh, watch. Watch was a coda or their sign languaging all the way through? Oh, yeah. Any the artist? The Academy Award winning film The artist? Is there just well there's one spoken line. Are they using Substance? Yes. All subtitled. Well, I mean, I guess it would be partially title cards. Oh, I see is this asylum? So maybe that doesn't do me not the artist though. Sorry. No silent films. You can see the artist. Yeah. 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